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Old 10-17-2010, 04:37 AM
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My fiance and I will be moving to Montana next month and working in Big Sky. I am currently trying to find a relatively affordable place for just the two of us and our extremely smart and well-behaved cat. I am trying to decide between living in Bozeman or Big Sky. I cannot find very affordable apartments in Big Sky. I can in Bozeman. What worries me is that every day both he and I would need to commute to Big Sky, very possible at different hours and not together. I know that road pretty well from annual trips to Big Sky, and I know that it gets very bad. I am concerned with having to drive it evey day, in every winter condition. Furthermore, right now we just have a Toyota Camry (not a very good Winter vehicle!). Can anyone help by offering advice or information? Is there affordable apartment housing in/around Big Sky? Thank you in advance! I appreciate any advice!!

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Old 10-17-2010, 08:06 AM
Location: NW Montana
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Howdy, Chall:

Having never lived in Bozeman or Big Sky, I cannot offer any help about apartments there.

But since I did live in the Upper Midwest for many years, I can tell you this: You already have more experience driving on really bad winter roads than most of your Montana neighbors - much more snow, slush and ice in Chicago than Montana.

You'll still need to be careful and allow plenty of time, but you don't need some 4wd monster just for everyday commuting (unless you live way up the mountain). What you need is common sense and a good eye! Since you posted your question early on a Sunday morning, it seems to me that you'll be up early enough in the morning to make a safe commute.

Welcome to Montana to you and your fiance, and good luck

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:29 PM
Location: C-U metro
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I wouldn't recommend living in Bozeman. Gallatin Canyon gets tons of traffic between CDL's, tourists, skiers ect. When I was in college, a fuel truck spilled and caught fire right at the turnoff to Big Sky and backed up traffic for about 30 miles each way. Nearly everyone who works at Big Sky does this so I'd find out about any carpooling programs or other transport available. Bozeman has the highest cost of living in Montana (of the top 10 cities) so between gas and other expenses, I doubt you'll do anything more than keep your head above water.

Welcome to working in the resort industry. They don't pay you enough to live anywhere near the resort but expect you to not commute everyday. It's a fun job but doesn't pay anything.
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:01 PM
Location: West Yellowstone
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Default West Yellowstone

West yellowstone to Big sky is not a bad drive as is Bozo to big sky!
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